As the brutal “knockout” game sweeps across the U.S., one author isn’t surprised by the attacks or the media reaction.
Colin Flaherty, author of the book “White Girl Bleed A Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How The Media Ignore It,” began chronicling the new wave of violence nearly a year ago — revealing disturbing racial motivations behind the attacks and a pattern of media denial.
“People are ready to hear about this,” Flaherty told The Daily Caller. “And the way I wrote this is without generalizations, without stereotypes, without apologies. I don’t pretend this is not a difficult topic, but it is also an important one.”
Many left-leaning commentators criticized his book as racist after its debut, and as the violent knockout game has attracted media attention a year later, they haven’t backed down: “[Colin Flaherty] probably has a Google alert set up for ‘black suspect,’” wrote Slate editorial assistant Emma Roller in a Nov. 25 article, calling the knockout game a “myth” spread by “knockout game truthers” such as conservative radio host Sean Hannity.
For his part, Flaherty warns that the most recent outbreak of random attacks adhere to an alarming pattern of racially motivated violence, which the media are reluctant to cover and sometimes dismiss outright.
“In this case, we have the tapes of Bigfoot,” Flaherty said. “There’s so much video evidence of the violence we’re talking about… The knockout game is just a subset of a much larger topic, which is black mob violence, which the media ignores, condones and denies.”
TheDC sat down with Flaherty to understand his perspective on the spread of the knockout game and its impact on American life.
TheDC: I wanted to talk to you about the knockout games, because they are starting to pick up some media attention. And I know in your book, ‘White Girl Bleed A Lot,’ you wrote about the phenomenon of racial violence very methodically and the media’s reluctance to acknowledge this. Can you give your perspective on the most recent spate of attacks and the media’s reactions?
FLAHERTY: The most recent attacks are just more of the same. Black mob violence, this time directed at Jews. At least in Brooklyn it started off that way — I have a big chapter in my book on black mob violence on Jews last summer. So this is all the hallmarks of the knockout game as I cover it, which is, A) The media strips out the central, organizing feature of the violence, which is the race, and then they try to minimize it, condone it, excuse it. So over the weekend, The New York Times has a story on the knockout games, and they wonder if it’s an urban legend. (RELATED: Knockout game first news trend The New York Times doesn’t believe)
“These things don’t even exist. Somebody’s just making them up!” There’s one thing about it, though: In this case, we have the tapes of Bigfoot. A lot of them. Like a thousand of them. There’s so much video evidence of the violence we’re talking about. See, I don’t just talk about the knockout games. But the knockout game is just a subset of a much larger topic, which is black mob violence, which the media ignores, condones and denies.